Now Open

A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo is open January 27-July 25, 2021.

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Encouraging Curiosity & Creativity from Home

Stay curious and connect with us online! We collected digital materials for you to use to explore the museum remotely. We hope these will help you be creative, get inspired, and learn something new! We'll be updating materials and making announcements here, on social media, and via email.

Museum at Home

Museum at Home: Museum Blogs

Whether you are interested in discovering new research, want a peek behind-the-scenes, are craving virtual tours or presentations, or want to get creative, our new Museum Blogs have fun content for you to experience the Museum at Home.  

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Great Gifts at the Museum Shop

The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of local, regional, and specialty items and is a great place to shop for gifts!

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    The Albany Institute is open to the public.

    At this time, all staff and visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask or face covering while at the museum. Timed tickets are still encouraged and may be reserved online. Learn more about our current policies and a list of FAQs on our Visit page.

    NOTE: While we plan to be open on Wednesday, June 16, we are NOT accepting timed tickets for that day due to scheduled road closures planned for the area immediately around the museum. If you are planning to visit on June 16, please be prepared for road closures and parking restrictions. Learn more here.

    2021 City School District of Albany Elementary School Art Show

    The Albany Institute is pleased to partner with the City School District of Albany to organize this year's Elementary Art Show! The exhibition, which will run from June 4-18, is presented as an Art Walk and is hosted by the Albany Institute as well as neighborhood businesses and organizations. Learn more (and explore the digital artwork galleries!) here. 

    Museum at Home

    Stay curious and connect with us online! Use our Museum at Home materials to explore the museum remotely and be sure to check out our YouTube channel. We hope these activities will help you be creative, get inspired, and learn something new.

    Outdoor Exhibition

    Enjoy seasonally-themed images from our collection in our special pop-up outdoor exhibition. 


    Our newest exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo is now open (and we have a virtual tour available too)! See more about our current exhibitions here.

    Community Event

    Sign up today for the Capital Region's 21-Day Equity Challenge, which is scheduled to start Juneteenth (June 19th). This program is spearheaded by the United Way of the Greater Capital Region and their Equity Partners, including the Albany Institute of History & Art. Learn more and register here.



    City School District of Albany 7th Annual Elementary Art Show: Digital exhibition & outdoor Art Walk

    June 4-18
    We are excited to be continuing on our tradition with the City School District of Albany to host the 7th Annual CSDA Elementary Art Show. This year's exhibit is featured in a new online digital exhibition and outdoor printed art walk format. 

    Family & Public Programs

    Explore our Calendar of Events for upcoming virtual programs.

    School & Group Programs

    Virtual museum tours are now available.

    Looking for Teacher Resources? Explore our online options.

    Art Kits

    Art Kits feature projects related to the museum's collections or exhibitions and include materials and instructions for you to complete at home on your own. Kits may be purchased online and picked up at the museum during regular admission hours.


    Ages 6-12
    Join us as we explore painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and more as we make beautiful pieces of art! In these weekly, three-day morning programs, children will create vibrant works of art inspired by our summer exhibitions and permanent collections. Summer classes will be led online via Zoom along with supportive materials availabe for pick up in art kits.
    Registration is now open for the Artful Mornings program.

    Become a Museum Maker!

    For fun tips about art projects and fun activities you can do, check out our blog Museum Makers: Art Education.


    Become a Member

    Looking for ways to support the museum? Consider membership! Whether you join, renew, or even upgrade your membership, your support will help us navigate this difficult time and continue our mission of connecting diverse audiences to the art, history, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Thank you!


    Interested in making a donation? Find out ways you can give online. Thank you!

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